Artist and curator Peter Fischli invites art historian Dario Gamboni to discuss the long-term effect of iconoclasm on the evolution of history of art. For Gamboni, the iconoclastic gesture is not only destructive, but also has a constructive effect, as it contributes to the classification and conservation of cultural heritage. Together with Bice Curiger, they discuss the relevance of a social-political framing of art, the concept of artistic production in the theory of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and the question of whether or not an artistic canon is still necessary.
“Life is so much richer when we still take into account and are aware that there is so much with us that is much older. We can connect with that – we can do something with that. It can be part of us and we can be part of it. I argue in any case for the longue durée.”
– Dario Gamboni